Mother found guilty in children's burning deaths

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) A Colorado Springs woman accused of killing her three children by burning down her home for insurance money has been found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder.

Jurors deliberated less than three hours Monday before convicting 41-year-old Deborah Nicholls. They got the case just before 2 p.m. after each side made closing arguments.

Nicholls also was charged arson, child abuse and other counts in the March 7, 2003, fire at her family's home. The blaze killed 11-year-old jay, 5-year-old Sophia, and 3-year-old Sierra Nicholls.

Nicholls was found guilty of all but one of felony charges against her, a cocaine possession charge.

Deputy public defender Jeff Schwartz says an appeal is planned.

Nicholls' husband, Timothy Nicholls, was convicted last year of felony murder and is serving life without parole.

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